Central Junior Schools Classic set for tomorrow

From left: Founder and chairperson for the Central Junior Schools Classic organising committee Deon Hemmings-McCatty, committee member Twitty-Ann Sajabi, meet director Garth Burke and senior brand manager at Cari-Med Allison Dexter during the presentation of the sponsorship cheque at a press conference at Church Teachers’ College in Mandeville on Tuesday. (Photo: Gregory Bennett)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The sixth staging of the Central Junior Schools Classic Track and Field meet is set to take place at Kirkvine Sports Complex here tomorrow. Participating educational institutions are Vaz Preparatory, Ardenne Preparatory, Bethabara Primary, Black River Primary, Knox Ju ... Read More

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Jamaica police say they are working on the theory that a dispute over a stolen gun may have led to t ... Read More

Senior Medical Officer of the Percy Junor Hospital, Dr Carlos Wilson (second left) receives the cheque from President of the Jamaica Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Hugh Meredith (right) watched by Minister of Finance and Public Service, Audley Shaw (left) and Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority, Wayne Chen. Gift boosts blood storage at Percy Junor Hospital
SPALDING, Clarendon — The Percy Junor Hospital on the border of north-east Manchester and no ... Read More

Participant Talijhe Bowen (left) strikes a pose with JMMB’s Client Relations Officer Saskia Williams Fine Art and Finance
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Junction and Santa Cruz branc ... Read More


Monday, April 10, 2017    

STETHS captain Michael Frew led from the front with bat and ball. (Photo: Ainsley Clarke)

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — Led by an outstanding all-round performance from their captain Michael Frew, St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) cruised to a seven-wicket victory over Manchester High and their 30th all-rural ISSA/Grace Headley Cup cricket title at the STETHS Sports Complex here on Saturday. Frew — a former Jamaica Under-19 captain and a member of the triumphant West Indies Under-19 team at last year’s ICC Under-19 World Cup — first made a patient unbe ... Read More

Manchester pharmacy launches mobile clinic

Monday, April 10, 2017    

Three Angels Mobile clinicPhoto: Three Angels Pharmacy

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Three Angels Pharmacy’s proprietor Rohan McNellie has a “privileged front row seat” when it comes to medical issues. He knows of many people walking around not knowing their health status and some who are reluctant to seek medical attention even if they are aware. “I have been to many funerals; I have been to many bedsides in the hospital. I have seen people lose limbs who never had to; I have seen people with stroke who never had to. The ... Read More

New garbage trucks for SPM

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 10, 2017    

Garbage disposal is a major problem in Mandeville and other major towns in south-central Jamaica. (File photo)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Two new garbage trucks have this month been added to the fleet of Southern Parks and Markets (SPM), which is responsible for garbage collection in Manchester, St Elizabeth and Clarendon. Customer Relations Officer Stacey-Ann Anderson told the Jamaica Observer Central that the additions have now taken the SPM’s truck fleet to sixteen. SPM is one of the regional bodies of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). NSWMA executive director, Audl ... Read More

Courts Optical comes to Mandeville

Monday, April 10, 2017    

Member of Parliament for Manchester Central Peter Bunting (second left) participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Courts Optical store in Mandeville

Mandeville, Manchester — Courts Optical recently opened its first store in this south-central town catering for those in search of eyeglasses and accessories including prescription lenses and frames. Ann-Marie Williams, director of sales at Unicomer Jamaica — which owns and operates Courts — told a well-attended opening ceremony that the new store located at the Reliance Centre demonstrated her company’s continued willingness to “invest in the Jamaican economy&rdqu ... Read More

Inaugural Manchester Family Festival set for Easter Monday

Monday, April 10, 2017    

Community Tourism Consultant and guest speaker Diana McIntrye-Pike (centre) with Manchester Family Festival conceptualisers Cheryl Thompson (left) and Derrick Smith.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Manchester Family Festival, which is projected to be a “diverse culinary, cultural and musical experience”, will be held at the Kirkvine Sports Complex here on Easter Monday. The event is happening for the first time and was conceptualised by Cheryl Thompson and Derrick Smith, who both claim ties to the parish. Thompson said that a key goal of the festival is to create social change by helping to restore family values. “We started with a di ... Read More

Knox, CCCJ reach out to CSEC students

Monday, April 10, 2017    

Maths specialist at Knox Community College Jeffrey Bowen (right) discusses transformational geometry with CSEC students during the recent revision and study day at Knox College.

SPALDING, Clarendon — As part of the drive to prepare students for CSEC exams in June, Knox Community College in association with the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) recently hosted a day of “intense revision and preparation” at the Knox College High School here. The sessions focused on mathematics and information technology — subject areas which, organisers say, have been particularly challenging for CSEC candidates in Jamaica. Scores of students fro ... Read More

Accused extortionist pleads guilty

Friday, April 07, 2017    

Police escort accused extortionists Sheila Smith (second left) and Careba Salmon (secoond right) from the Manchester Parish Court last week Friday. (Photo: Gregory Bennett)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Twenty-four-year-old Careba Salmon, one of the accused in an extortion racket targeting business operators here, pleaded guilty on Wednesday and is to be sentenced on April 21. Salmon, who is a mother of a five-year-old son and a real estate consultant by profession, according to her attorney, is one of five people answering to extortion and conspiracy to extort charges in the Manchester Parish Court. The other accused are Sheila Smith, 64; Keeno Powell, 21; Bek ... Read More

Judge says death threat in extortion letters serious; denies accused bail again

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 02, 2017    

Sheila Smith (second left) and Careba Salmon (second right) in handcuffs leaving the Mandeville courthouse with the police on Friday. The two are facing extortion and conspiracy to extort charges. (Photos: Gregory Bennett)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A more than hour-long deliberation between the prosecutor, attorneys and Parish Judge Desiree Alleyne in the Manchester Parish Court on Friday ended with the five accused in an extortion racket targeting business operators again remanded in custody. Sheila Smith, 64; Careba Salmon, 24; Keeno Powell, 21; Beko March, 21; and Sandre Bogle, 20 are all facing extortion and conspiracy to extort charges. A concern that Alleyne reiterated as a reason for her hesitancy in ... Read More

Volunteerism is priceless, says educator

Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver. com | Monday, March 27, 2017    

President of the Rotary Club of Mandeville David Fyffe (centre) sharing a moment with awardees (from left) Reverend Clarister Johnson, Dr Paul Auden, Faithline Campbell, and Robert Cunningham.()

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Those who volunteer their services for the good of community and country have been hailed as “priceless” by retired educator Byron Farquharson. “Volunteers, my friends, do not get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless,” Farquharson told his audience at the recent Annual Vocational Service Award ceremony hosted by the Rotary Club of Mandeville at the Golf View Hotel. Speaking against the back drop of the rece ... Read More

Schools and NGOs get $4.7-m Jamalco grant

Monday, March 27, 2017    

Jamalco Good Deeds volunteers and representatives of the various NGOs and institutions pause for a commemorative photo at the launch of the 2017 volunteer programme. Sharing the moment are Communications Specialist Ealane Livingston-Smith (standing, left) and Manager, Corporate Services, Donna Marie Brooks-Gordon (standing, right).

Halse Hall, Clarendon — Twenty schools and community-based institutions received grants totalling J$4.7 million from the Noble Foundation and Jamalco at the launch of their 2017 volunteer programme at the company’s refinery here recently. The projects were undertaken by 149 Jamalco volunteers who had to give a minimum of 50 hours of service to qualify for the US$250 grant each, according to a news release circulated by Jamalco. Twelve schools, a children’s home, a past st ... Read More



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